Alzheimer Patients and Your Responsibilities After CNA Training

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After you complete CNA training and graduate, you’ll have a chance to work with many different kinds of patients. Some will suffer from injuries, some will be elderly, and others will have diseases that prevent them from caring completely for themselves. If you decide to begin working in a nursing home or for home health care after CNA training, you will most likely take care of a number of patients with Alzheimer’s. This disease presents new challenges to your job, which can be both rewarding and difficult at the same time.

It will be your responsibility to ensure these patients receive the care they deserve.

Your Responsibilities After CNA Training

  • Safety- Ensuring every patients’ safety is a huge priority after CNA training, and it becomes even more serious with Alzheimer patients. These patients have a tendency to wander off and forget what they are doing, who they are, and where they are going. If you don’t take steps to ensure they are safe, they may become hurt or lost. When I was working in a nursing home, one of our Alzheimer patients would frequently try to exit the building. Every door had a coded lock, however, and without the code, no one could exit. For safety reasons, such as a fire, the code was written near the door. The patient eventually discovered this and was able to escape one time. Luckily, I happened to be walking by the front entrance and spotted her opening the door. Needless to say, the codes to the doors were moved to a safer, and less obvious, place.
  • Schedule- Alzheimer patients function much better when they have a consistent schedule they can work with. Try to keep this schedule the same every day, with everything they do. Whether you’re bathing them, they are watching television, or they are eating, keeping up a routine after CNA training can help them stay consistent.
  • Be Calm and Patient- While our ‘escapee’ Alzheimer patient only managed to escape out the front door one time, that doesn’t mean she didn’t try to do so again and again. She’d often become confused and think she needed to go pick up her son from school, get to the grocery store, or meet her husband at home. Running down hallways whenever she attempted to open a door and set off the alarms was exhausting, but maintaining our patients and staying calm was the only way we could help her stay calm and prevent her from becoming agitated when we wouldn’t let her leave. After CNA training, stay cool, calm, and collected may seem like hard work, but it’s necessary if you want to keep your patients safe and happy.

Working With Alzheimer Patients After CNA Training

Working with Alzheimer patients can be difficult after CNA training. In addition to the normal, everyday, responsibilities you have, these patients demand a little more of you. While it can sometimes be frustrating, staying calm, sticking to a regular schedule, and doing everything you can to keep your patients safe are challenges you can and will be able to overcome after CNA training.

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